March 2019

Fashion Sewing Club

March 2019


Capsule Wardrobe:  Loosely followed Nancy Nix Rice’s Wardrobe Worksheet to create a cohesive, interchangeable wardrobe in my personal color palette.  Used basic patterns and easy care fabrics to maximize wearability.   


Christine Jonson Split Hem Pants:  Double knit  

  • 1.  Available as a PDF pattern only from her website:
  • 2.  Recommend sizing up (one size).   
  • 3. Love center seams in front and back and the split hem is a great style


4.  Added 2 ½ inches in length.  

Christine Jonson Basewear Two (pencil skirt)-  Dress knit

  • 1.  Runs small, size up.
  • 2.  Added lining due to weight of fabric.
  • 3.  Would like better in a more substantial/beefy fabric.   

New Look 6381 Palozzo Pants – Nylon spandex print

  • 1. This fabric was my inspiration piece for my capsule wardrobe- all colors flowed from my personal color fan
  • 2. Used 3 inch wide elastic (what I had on hand).  Next time would use 2 inch.  
  • 3. Lengthened to accommodate wedge sandals, but wasn’t necessary.  I love wearing wide-legged pants with heels.  

Simplicity 8745 Knit Skirt with Flounce– Nylon Spandex print

  • 1.  Sewed view D with flounce.
  • 2.  Left hem raw 


New Look 6108 Cowl neck tank–  Nylon Spandex print

  • 1.  Sewed view C.
  • 2.  Fabulous pattern-great fit and very flattering!
  • 3.  Cowl is finished with a facing-gives it a clean look and is very functional. 
  • 4.  Highly recommend this pattern for wardrobe staples.  

Pamela’s Patterns The Perfect Tank Top–  Dress knit

  • 1.  Great basic fitting tank with flattering V neckline.
  • 2.  The straps are wide enough to cover bra straps-instructions provided if needing to widen more.    
  • 3. Darted version included for those with fuller busts.  


Pamela’s Patterns Cool Cardigans-Draped Front– Dress knit

  • 1.  Shortened armscye by ~5/8 by tucking.  
  • 2.  Used SewKeyse double sided fusible stay tape for front, but would not next time-too much body.   

Vogue 9358 Marci Tilton Shrug-Activewear knit

  • 1. Sewed per pattern and loved the fit, the angled front and cropped back.  
  • 2. Flattering for my body shape.


Butterick 6206-Activewear knit

1. Sewed per pattern but shorted to knee length.

Debbie’s Garments:

Border Print Dress-New Look 6145, View C, Textured Stretch Woven with viscose with Lycra

  1.  Shortened 3/8” between bust and shoulders and overall length 2”.
  2. Cut pattern on the cross grain to take advantage of the border band.
  3. Constructed garment as a knit. 
  4. Omitted zipper, interfacing and facing. Stitched rs of collar to ws of neck edge.

Asymmetrical Overlap Tee with Buttons-McCalls 7247, View B. cotton interlock for overlap and one sleeve, jersey rayon/spandex for remainder.

  1. Reduced width of band by one inch. 
  2. Constructed tee following pattern and added 5 buttons.
  3. Quick and easy sew!

Tee-shirt with Shaped Hem and Contrast Sleeves-Vogue 9057, View E

  • This is a tried and true pattern that has great fit and lots of design options.
  • Another quick and easy sew.

Iris Knit Top-Busan Top by Itch to Stitch, Heathered Jersey, with poly, viscose and spandex

  1. Shortened length by one inch. 
  2. I feel this pattern runs large so be sure to compare your measurements to finished measurements. I went down 2 sizes.
  3. I especially like the narrow shoulder and will copy that with other favorite tees.

Pants – Burda 7058. This is my favorite pants pattern at the moment. It is suited for wovens and stretch wovens , however this time I tried a heavy weight Ponte and am pleased with the results. I omitted the zipper and copied a ready-to-wear method for an elastic waist.

Kristin’s Garments:

Serape Lounging Sweater, Hot Patterns 1242

Fleeced sweater knit/ponte for bands

  1. Omitted bottom band and added slits and a two level hem.
  2. Used wool thread in looper of overlock for topstitching.
  3. Stitched down the front overlap.

Favorite Raglan Turtleneck

Butterick 6389, rayon knit

  1. Made to pattern-love the knit bands at wrist

Ruffled Tee

Burda 6367

  1. Made to pattern